If you got your news from “old media,” you’d think that the GOP was a party of race-baiting hate-mongers, with Democrats refusing to stoop to their level. Just look at the reaction of certain liberal gay bloggers to the West Hollywood resident is displaying a mannequin of â€œSarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of [his] home.â€
While they rightly condemned this juvenile display, they acted as if such antics were a regular occurrence on the right, but a rare one on the left.Â At Towleroad, Andy opined, “As much as I despise the GOP ticket, mimicking the hate and racist imagery that McCain supporters have been flaunting with regard to Obama isn’t funny or original. It’s just stooping to their level.”
Actually, Andy, that’s not stooping to the level of a few isolated McCain supporters, but expressing themselves in the manner of many left-wing bloggers in the Bush era.
As Jamie Kirchick noted in an op-ed in the New York Daily News, while the “sleaze” of the McCain campaign “has become the accepted media narrative over the past several weeks,” conservative smears of Obama “don’t hold a candle to the left’s rhetoric over the past eight years.”
Among his examples:
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann spews over-the-top, hateful rhetoric in his “Special Comments” on a regular basis. He has said that the Bush administration threatens America with a “new type of fascism,” referred to the GOP as the “leading terrorist group in this country” on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, and has said that Fox News is “worse than Al Qaeda” and “as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.”
Those pundits who rush to criticize a handful of angry, mean-spirited Republicans are nowhere to be found when their own ideological allies do the exact same thing.
Perhaps, they’ve become immune to left-wing hate speech as it’s become such a defining feature of the Bush era.